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Bursary Award 2010

Artist in the Community Scheme Arts and Older People Bursary Award

Ríonach Ní Néill is the recipient of the first Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award, managed by Create.

In 2010 the Bursary Award was designed to support and nurture the professional development of an arts practitioner working in the practice area of arts and older people.

Create received 32 applications to the Artist in the Community Scheme Arts and Older People Bursary Award.

Ríonach Ni Neill is a dancer and choreographer who for the last number of years has been exploring the theme of dance and older people through specific performance and work programmes including: Palimpsest an intergenerational work she created for 27 -72 year olds, Macushla Dance Club, a club for over 50s residents in Dublin and Ar mo Sheanleim, an Irish language dance programme for over 50s in Connemara.

Ríonach Ní Néill often chooses to integrate professional and non-vocational artists in her work, she believes that ‘dance can be a form of civic dialogue, creating spaces for us to engage with one another and our surroundings, provoke reflection and allow us to imagine ourselves and others differently.’

The Bursary award panel was Orla Moloney, Head of Arts Participation, Arts Council; Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, Create, and Dominic Campbell Festival Director, Bealtaine.

This is the first year that the Arts Council has provided a €10k bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.

The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2010 - Arts and Older People aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and older people.

Designed to support and nurture the professional development of individual arts practitioners collaborating with older people, the Bursary Award of €10,000 will provide an artist with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their art practice.

Click here for information about the 2010 application process. For enquiries call Katherine Atkinson at Create – 01-473-6600.


In partnership with Age & Opportunity, Create is hosting two information and discussion events for interested artists in Mayo and Dublin:

Sept 2, 2010 – Macalla Hall and Conference Centre, Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, Mayo, 1-4pm

Artist Talk - Discussion led by dance artist Fearghus O’ Conchuir exploring how a Bursary can help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development - without emphasis on realising a finished product or work.

AgeWise - Presentation and workshop by Paul Maher of Age & Opportunity exploring attitudes to ageing and ageism.

The Mayo event is supported by Mayo County Council Arts Office.

Sept 6, 2010 IMMA Lecture Room, Dublin, 1-4pm

Artist Talk - Discussion led by dance artist Fearghus O’Conchuir exploring how a Bursary can help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development - without emphasis on realising a finished product or work.

AgeWise - Presentation and workshop by Paul Maher of Age & Opportunity exploring attitudes to ageing and ageism.

The Dublin event is supported by IMMA.

Purpose and priorities of award

The 2010 Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award is focused specifically on the area of Arts and Older People.

It aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of Arts and Older People.

The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist's development that is derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice. The award therefore provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their art practice. It is aimed at artists who: 

  • work collaboratively with individuals and groups in the making and interpreting of art; 
  • consider and prioritise the quality of the engagement at all stages (e.g. in the planning, making and evaluation of work); 
  • demonstrate a commitment to artistic outcomes alongside those related to the enhancement of health and well being.

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